Style Tips: The Unmade Bed Look

Style Tips: The Unmade Bed Look

One of my mentors is Alexandra Stoddard, as many of you know by now (click here for more info on that little tidbit about me). One of the things I remember her saying in one of her books is that she is an advocate of the “unmade bed look.

What this means is not necessarily that you don’t make your bed, but that you allow the layers of your bedding to show in some way. Allowing the details of the sheets to informally peek out from a coverlet or fold over a quilt is simply more inviting and welcoming than covering it all up with a bedspread. Not only does the bed look like it is ready to crawl back into (good idea), but it is not so stiff and formal that it feels untouchable.

  • Showing the layers, including pillows and pillow shams, gives you the opportunity to showcase your personal style through the pieces you have selected.
  • Conversely, the details you like in bedding provide clues to your style personality.

Do you like ruffly sheets? Flowered ones? Striped top sheets and solid bottom sheets? Or all matching yellow sheets? Bright or pastels? Are you drawn to fluffy down blankets or do you prefer coverlets? Stiff pillows or squishy ones? Lots of pillows or few pillows?

Each detail reveals something about you. Even if you aren’t a fan of the “Unmade Bed Look” having a formal bed with relatively stiff covers and few wrinkles allowed says something about your style!

So tell me, how would you describe your style, based on YOUR bed’s look (or better yet, the DREAM look if you could have the look you want?) I can’t wait to find out!

Style Tips: The Unmade Bed Look

My own unmade bed.

I actually DO make the bed every day. I just like the more casual look of a less formally styled bed when it is made.


Sweet Escape: Let’s Just Say it Isn’t Monday

Sweet Escape: Let's Just Say it Isn't Monday

Let’s just pretend we are at the beach. On holiday. For three months. And it is warm and we are playing in the surf. Someone is barbecuing something tasty on the grill. I can smell it, it smells delicious. And we have a housekeeper cleaning up the beach cottage. Life is good. Take a deep breath, inhale the sea air. Feel the sand in your toes. Yeah, let’s go with it. Don’t try to tell me it isn’t true. Sometimes I just need a Sweet Escape on a Monday. And that is O.K.

Photo: Alex Hemer

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